Mardi Gras is a great time to get together with friends and family to celebrate. Mardi Gras means Fat Tuesday, so celebrations come with liberal amounts of amazing food! If you’re hosting a Mardi Gras party, you may be looking for some great dishes to serve. Appetizers are a great choice for a party, because they’re easy to eat and people can try many different items without getting full too quickly.

We found 8 amazing Mardi Gras inspired appetizer recipes for you to try.

8. Shrimp Cocktail

This classic has stayed around for a reason. A homemade shrimp cocktail is delicious. It is no comparison to the store bought shrimp rings. The key is to cook it in well seasoned water. This recipe uses a court bouillon, including thyme, bay, and lots of vegetables.

7. Cajun Sausage Puffs

These miniature sausage rolls take on a New Orleans flair. The inside is a spicy chicken andouille sausage. The recipe also shows you how to make a delicious sauce. Mix bourbon  Dijon mustard, and honey. This is the perfect dipping sauce for the mini sausage rolls.

6. Crawfish Phyllo Triangles 

Crawfish are a classic food to eat on Mardi Gras. They are a New Orleans classic. These miniature lobsters are delicious and addictive. Enjoy them in this unique and delicious recipe.

5. Oysters Casino

Oysters are a great appetizer for a Mardi Gras party. The salty shellfish are topped with a buttery sauce, full of bacon flavor. These are the perfect start to a great party. Serve them with beer or wine for a great treat.

4. Smoked Paprika-Glazed Andouille

Andouille sausage is a spicy pork based sausage that is famous around Louisiana. It is French in origin, but has become famous in Cajun cooking. This recipe glazes the sliced links with garlic, paprika, and vinegar.

3. Jambalaya Paddles

This cute skewered appetizer has all the flavors of a traditional Jambalaya. The chicken is cooked with Cajun seasoning and then layered with sausage, tomato, pepper, and onion. They recommend using a milder sausage, but you could use Andouille.

2. Creole Shrimp Deviled Eggs

This classic finger food gets a Creole twist. The egg yolks are mixed with yogurt, sauteed green pepper, mustard, Creole seasoning, and hot sauce. Cooked shrimp are added on top.

1. Oven Baked Beignets

These fluffy baked beignets are a great appetizer for a Mardi Gras party. Unlike normal fried beignets, these come out with just a hint of sweetness. They are a great addition to a savory table, giving a refreshing break from all the spicy dishes.


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